Leon Rogissart & Paul Boereboom

Ascension is a VR installation created by Paul Boereboom and Leon Rogissart that extends the borders of opera and the way we look at reality. Ascension started from the concept of a floating tank: a saltwater pool in which you receive no stimulus, allowing your mind to unwind. You experience weightlessness, which is essential in order to reconnect with the self. This concept translated into a VR experience in which Boereboom and Rogissart set out to find a balance between the heart and the head. How do you achieve that balance? How do the two interact with each other?

With Ascension, the artists create a space to answer these questions, offering a canvas on which the visitor may reflect and associate for themselves. A place where we may briefly let go of the desires of our physical bodies and the outside world and do no more than exist.

The VR experience releases you from time and space through a delicate combination of images and opera music. Afterwards you will be gently taken out of the artificial world and brought back to reality.


Leon Rogissart is a Belgian theatre director. He graduated from the directing course at the Academie voor Theater en Dans in Amsterdam in 2021. For him, the theatre is the ultimate place to create a collective experience where intuition and resonance prevail. Besides theatre, music and VR are therefore important pillars in his work. The combination of the three allows him to unravel the abstraction in reality and deconstruct the concept of time. In 2021, Leon together with his colleague Paul Boereboom received the award for best VR production at the KABOOMFestival in Utrecht with the VR prototype Ascension.

Paul Boereboom is a Dutch scenographer living in Amsterdam. He studied scenography at the Amsterdam School of the Arts. After being on stage himself for a long time, Paul decided to question space (on stage) not with his body, but as a designer. His work includes theatre design, installations and costume design, as well as video design and work in virtual reality. In November 2021, Paul won the Harry Wich Stipendium from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds to further develop his work. 

Concept en muziek: Leon Rogissart

Concept en beeld: Paul Boereboom

Sopraan: Marie van Luijk

Countertenor: Arturo Den Hartog

Technische productie: Dries Himpe



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€17,50 / €14,50


Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Blauwe Zaal


SPRING 2023 


Duration: 60 minutes

Language: language no problem

Accessibility: unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible. Be aware of heavy smoke and strobo-lights. 

Besides single tickets, SPRING also offers passe-partouts for the whole festival and daypasses for Fri 19, Sat 20, Sun 21, Fri 26, and Sat 27 May.


SPRING passe-partout